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What is Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Dinner Spinner™ is Allrecipes’ FREE mobile application, available for Android devices, the iPhone, and Windows Phone.

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How do I get the Allrecipes FREE iPhone application, Dinner Spinner?

You can download Dinner Spinner directly to your iPhone from the Apple iPhone App store—go there now. If you have any technical issues downloading or installing Dinner Spinner, please contact Apple directly.

Android:
Click here to access the Android marketplace, or navigate to the Android marketplace from your Android device.

Windows Phone: Click here to access the Windows Phone Marketplace, or navigate to the Marketplace from your Windows Phone.

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What can I do with Dinner Spinner™?

You can use the Dinner Spinner™ app to find any recipe on Allrecipes.com, spin the Spinner to find a recipe meeting your criteria, share recipes via Email, Facebook, or Twitter, create a Shopping List and save recipes you like to your Favorites folder.

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How do I use the Spinner feature on the Dinner Spinner™?

Android and iPhone:
If you’re not already on the Dinner Spinner™ main page, select Spinner from your device’s main menu key. You can spin the individual rows with a fingertip or spin all the rows by shaking your device. Once the categories have stopped spinning View Matches! will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on View Matches! to see all of the recipes that meet your criteria. You can also spin just one or two rows, just highlight the items you want and only the rows without a selection will spin when shaken. From the list view of results, select the recipe you would like to view. Go back to the list view by clicking your device’s back button.

Windows Phone:
From the Dinner Spinner™ main menu, select Dinner Spinner. You can spin the individual rows with a fingertip or spin all the rows by shaking your device or tapping the spin button located at the bottom of the screen. Once the categories have stopped spinning, tap the view button located at the bottom of the screen to see all of the recipes that met your criteria. From the list view of results, select the recipe you would like to view. Go back to the list view by clicking your device’s back button.

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How do I search for recipes on Dinner Spinner™?

Android:
You can use the Spinner feature (described above) or you can choose Search from your device’s menu key. From there you can search by ingredients, recipe title or description, and apply dietary filters. You can also use the Scan and Search feature to search for recipes using a product’s UPC code.

iPhone:
You can use the Spinner feature (described above) or you can choose Search from your device’s menu key. From there, just enter a keyword into the main search bar, select any of the listed Dietary Filters and then tap Search. You can also use the Scan and Search feature to search for recipes using a product’s UPC code.

Windows Phone:
You can use the Spinner feature (described above) or you can choose Search from the main menu. From there, you can search by keyword and apply Dietary Filters by tapping the Filter button located at the bottom of the screen.

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How do I see a recipe’s nutritional information on Dinner Spinner™?

Android:
Below the recipe details, click on Nutritional Information to see expanded nutritional information details.

iPhone:
Simply scroll down on your phone. The Nutritional Information is located below the recipe’s Directions.

Windows Phone:
From the recipe’s overview page, scroll to the left or right until you reach the Nutrition page

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How do I read recipe reviews?

Android:
Click on the orange arrow below Read User Reviews to read the recipe reviews.

iPhone:
Simply scroll down on your phone. The recipe’s reviews are located below the Nutritional Information.

Windows Phone:
From the recipe’s overview page, scroll to the left or right until you reach the Reviews page.

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How do I view the recipe on Allrecipes.com?

Android:
From within the app on any recipe click View this Recipe on Allrecipes.com and you will be taken to the recipe on the site.

Please note: this feature is not available on the iPhone or Windows Phone.

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What does Featured mean in the main menu?

On the iPhone and Android, featured recipes are chosen by Allrecipes and are highlighted that month. This feature is not available on the Windows Phone.

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What are the Daily Recipes in the main menu on Dinner Spinner™ for Windows Phone?

Each day, Allrecipes will feature several recipes in the category of your choice. If you pin the app to your home screen, you will receive new recipes on your home screen each day. You are able to change the category of Daily Recipes you receive from the Settings page.

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What are Favorites in the main menu?

Favorites are recipes you have selected to save in your Favorites section within the app.

Android:
You can save a recipe to your favorites by clicking on the arrow on the top right of any recipe detail page and selecting Add to Favorites.

Windows Phone and iPhone:
You can save a recipe to your favorites by clicking on the Add Favorite (heart icon) button.

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What are Settings in the main menu?

Android:
Settings allow you to log into Twitter and Facebook so you can share recipes directly from the app with your network, or log in to your Allrecipes.com account to access your Shopping List. You can also turn on or off the help bubbles, access the FAQ page (via Online Help) and find the version number of the app.

Windows Phone:
The Settings page allows you to disable screen lock, change the type of Daily Recipes you would like to see and update the background. You can also contact Customer Support, find the version number of the app, find instructions on pinning the Dinner Spinner app and rate the app on Marketplace.

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How do I email a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Android:
You can email a recipe from within the app by clicking on the arrow on the top right of any recipe detail page, and select Email Recipe.

iPhone:
You can email a recipe by tapping the Add to Favorites button (heart icon) and selecting Share via Email.

Windows Phone:
You can email a recipe from within the app by tapping the share button located in the bottom right corner of any recipe detail page, and selecting Email.

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How do I share a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™ on Facebook?

Android:
You can share any recipe from within the app by clicking on the arrow on the top right of any recipe detail page, and select Share on Facebook. (Please note: you have to be logged into Facebook within the app, and you can do so using the Settings menu.)

iPhone:
This feature is not available on Dinner Spinner for the iPhone.

Windows Phone:
You can share any recipe from within the app by tapping the share button located in the bottom right corner of any recipe detail page, and selecting Facebook.

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How do I share a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™ on Twitter?

Android:
You can share any recipe from within the app by clicking on the arrow on the top right of any recipe detail page, and select Share on Twitter. (Please note: you have to be logged into Twitter within the app, and you can do so using the Settings menu.)

iPhone:
This feature is not available on Dinner Spinner for the iPhone.

Windows Phone:
You can share any recipe from within the app by tapping the share button located in the bottom right corner of any recipe detail page, and selecting Twitter.

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How can I rate or review a recipe from Dinner Spinner™?

Android and iPhone:
In order to rate or review a recipe, you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™.

Windows Phone:
You are not currently able to rate a recipe from within Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner™.

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How can I upload a photo to a recipe from Dinner Spinner™?

Android and iPhone:
In order to upload a photo, you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™.

Windows Phone:
You are not currently able to upload a photo from within Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner™.

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How do I access my Recipe Box and Shopping List on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Android:
In order to access your Shopping List, tap List in your device’s menu key. Please note that only your default Shopping List is available from the free version of Dinner Spinner. To access other Shopping Lists, you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™. In order to access your Recipe Box you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™.

iPhone:
In order to access your Shopping List, tap the List icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Please note that only your default Shopping List is available from the free version of Dinner Spinner. To access other Shopping Lists, you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™. In order to access your Recipe Box you must download the Pro version of Dinner Spinner™.

Windows Phone:
Recipe Box and Shopping List access is currently not available from the Windows Phone.

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How do I create or edit a Shopping List on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Android:
To add a recipe to your Shopping List, simply tap the arrow button in the top right corner and select Add to Shopping List from the menu that appears. To edit your Shopping List, tap List in your device’s menu key, and then tap the edit button in the top right corner of the screen. To add an item to your Shopping List, tap the + sign in the top right corner. Either type an ingredient into the field provided or select the Scan a Product option to scan a product’s UPC code.

iPhone:
To add a recipe to your Shopping List, simply tap the List button while viewing a recipe. To edit your Shopping List, tap the List button located at the bottom of the screen and then tap the edit button in the top right corner of the screen. To add an item to your Shopping List, tap the Add Item button. Either type an ingredient into the field provided or select the Scan a Product option to scan a product’s UPC code.

Windows Phone:
Shopping Lists are currently not available for the Windows Phone.

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How do I use Fast App Switching in Dinner Spinner™ for Windows Phone?

Fast App Swtiching allows you to switch between apps quickly and easily. From the Dinner Spinner App, simply tap the Windows Home Button, open a new app, and then tap the back button to resume Dinner Spinner.

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How do I pin recipe tiles to my Home Screen in Dinner Spinner™ for Windows Phone?

To pin a recipe to your Home Screen, simply tap the Pin to Start button located at the bottom of the screen from any recipe detail page. You can then view the recipe directly from your Home Screen.

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What is Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner PRO is Dinner Spinner with a multitude of additional features. For a small fee, you can not only search, view and share the selection of top rated recipes selected for Dinner Spinner, but also:

  • Search Allrecipes entire database of recipes
  • Search for (or exclude) up to eight ingredients
  • Log into your Allrecipes Recipe box and see your saved recipes
  • Save recipes to your Allrecipes Recipe Box
  • View Recipes in a Kitchen Friendly format
  • Create, share and access Shopping lists – even change serving sizes!
  • Rate recipes
  • Share recipes via email, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Upload your own recipe photos

Click here for more information, and to see a comparison to Allrecipes Dinner Spinner.

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How do I get Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Dinner Spinner Pro™ is currently available on the iPhone and Android devices.

iPhone:
Click here to go to the Apple iTunes store and purchase Dinner Spinner Pro™.

Android:
Click here to access the Android Market and purchase Dinner Spinner Pro™.

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I’m an Allrecipes Pro, why must I purchase Dinner Spinner Pro™?

While being an Allrecipes Pro includes great benefits, free access to our mobile Pro applications is not included. Dinner Spinner Pro must be purchased separately through iTunes.

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How do I search for recipes on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

If you’re not already on the Dinner Spinner™ main page, select Spinner from your device’s main menu key. You can spin the individual rows with a fingertip or spin all the rows by shaking your device. Once the categories have stopped spinning View Matches! will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on View Matches! to see all of the recipes that met your criteria. You can also spin just one or two rows, just highlight the items you want and only the rows without a selection will spin when shaken. From the list view of results, select the recipe you would like to view. Go back to the list view by clicking your device’s back button. You can also create your own Custom Ingredient to use in the Dinner Spinner™ by tapping the Add Custom Ingredient button in the Ingredients row. Just type in an ingredient, scan an ingredient using the UPC scanner, or select an ingredient from your Scan History. Be sure to save your changes. You can store up to 10 Custom Ingredients at a time. To delete a Custom Ingredient, tap the Edit button in the top right corner of the Custom Ingredients page, tap the ingredient you would like to delete and select Delete.

Click Advanced Search at the top of the search page in order to implement dietary filters and ingredient search. In order to add or exclude ingredients, simply click Create New Filter and enter the ingredient. Choose whether to include or exclude the ingredient. (In order to change from Include to Exclude click on the green plus, or red minus next to the ingredient once it has been entered.) You can also tap the Scan & Search button to scan a UPC code and search for recipes using that ingredient.

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How do I access my Allrecipes Recipe Box on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Go to the ‘Settings’ page or click on ‘Recipe Box’ or ‘List’ in order to log in. Simply enter your username (or email address) and password in the pop up and login.

Don’t have an Allrecipes Recipe Box yet? Click ‘Settings’ and from there you can create your new account. Begin saving recipes to your recipe box and start your shopping list. You will be able to log into your new Recipe Box from any computer.

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How do I add a recipe to my Allrecipes Recipe Box on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Once you find a recipe you would like to add to your recipe box, click on the arrow on the upper right. Click on ‘Add to recipe box’ on the pop up menu. Your folder list will appear – add the recipe to the folder you choose.

(Please note: you cannot manage folders in the Dinner Spinner Pro. In order to change folder names, create folders and subfolders, you will need to do so on the Allrecipes.com website.)

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How do I change the Serving Size of a recipe on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Under the ratings, next to the ‘Servings’ heading is a orange circle with a number in it. Click on the number to change the serving size. Select the number of servings you would like, and click ‘update’. The recipe will recalculate the ingredients to the serving size you’ve chosen.

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How do I rate a recipe on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Did you try it and love it? Rate the recipe by clicking on the stars at the top of the recipe to add your own star rating. If you are not already logged in, you will be asked to do so before rating a recipe.

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How do I upload a recipe photo on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

iPhone:
Directly from your iPhone camera, you can upload a photo to the recipe (which will also immediately be uploaded to the Allrecipes.com site). Click on the recipe photo. Then, follow the instructions to upload a recipe onto the site. If you are not already logged in, you will be asked to do so before submitting a photo.

Android:
Photos cannot be uploaded directly from Android devices at this time.

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How can I see a more kitchen-friendly version of the recipe instructions on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Once you have found and selected a recipe, simply turn your device horizontally, and the instructions will appear on screen, each step receiving its own screen. Swipe your finger across the screen or click the left and right arrows to move through the steps in the cooking direction. At any point in the directions, you can swipe your finger down on the screen to pull down the ingredients list for the recipe.

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How do I create a shopping list on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

iPhone:
Creating a shopping list is easy! You can create a shopping list on the app by clicking on List at the bottom of the screen and then clicking on the + sign in the top left corner. This page allows you to view all of your saved Allrecipes Shopping lists, and take them with you! You can also tap the Scan a Product button to add an ingredient to an existing (or new) Shopping List by scanning the product’s UPC code.

In order to add a recipe to your Shopping List from the app, search for a recipe the same way you always do, and when you find a recipe you would like to save to your list, click on the arrow at the top right of the screen. A menu will pop up, click on Add to shopping list. Click on the shopping list which you would like to add the recipe.

Android:
Creating a shopping list is easy! You can create a shopping list on the app by clicking on List at the bottom of the screen and then clicking on the + sign in the top right corner. This page allows you to view all of your saved Allrecipes Shopping lists, and take them with you! You can also tap the Scan a Product button to add an ingredient to an existing (or new) Shopping List by scanning the product’s UPC code.

In order to add a recipe to your shopping list from the app, search for a recipe the same way you always do, and when you find a recipe you would like to save to your list, click on the arrow at the top right corner. A menu will pop up, click Add to shopping list. Click on the shopping list which you would like to add the recipe.

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How do I change the serving sizes of recipes I have already added to my shopping list on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

Click on the recipe photo you would like to change, then click on the current serving size. Select the serving size you would like, and click ‘Update’. The ingredient list will be updated to include the number of servings you have chosen.

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How do I check items off my Shopping List on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

As you are shopping, check items you have already put in your basket or cart. They will be removed from your active list on the Dinner Spinner PRO™. Once you have checked all items off within a category, the category will minimize. Accidentally check an item? Simply click the checkbox in order to uncheck it. Shake your device in order to uncheck all items and start over.

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How do I edit my shopping list on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner PRO?

iPhone:
Click on the edit button on the top right within the shopping list. You can select and delete recipes or specific items you would like to remove. You can also add items that are not included in the recipes by clicking on Add Item located at the top of the page. From the Add New List Item page, either type a product in the field provided, or tap the Scan a Product button to add a new item by scanning a product’s UPC code.

Android:
Click on the edit button on the top right within the shopping list. You can select and delete recipes or specific items you would like to remove. You can also add items that are not included in the recipes by clicking on the Add Item + in the top right corner of the page. From the Add New List Item page, either type a product in the field provided, or tap the Scan a Product button to add a new item by scanning a product’s UPC code.

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How do I share a recipe on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro™?

From the recipe detail page, click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be able to choose ‘Share via email’, ‘Share via Facebook’ or ‘Share via Twitter’. When you select ‘Share via email’ your address book will appear so you can choose a contact to send the recipe to.

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“Oops. Your connection timed out. Please try again.” appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner™ or the Dinner Spinner Pro™. What do I do?

You will see this error message when Dinner Spinner cannot connect during the attempt to process your request. Please repeat the action you were attempting before you saw this message. If repeating the action still does not yield results, please email us at CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com, and include the error message and we will investigate further.

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“Oops. The device momentarily lost your connection. Please try again.” Appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner or the Dinner Spinner Pro™. What do I do?

This error message might display if your device switched from one connection to another (for example a Wi-Fi connection to a 3G connection, or a 3G to a 2G connection. Please repeat the action you were attempting before you saw this message. If repeating the action still does not yield results, please email us at CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com, and include the error message and we will investigate further.

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“We are having technical difficulties. Please try again.” appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner or Dinner Spinner Pro™. What do I do?

Please attempt to complete the action a second time. If repeating the action does not yield results, please follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click Log Out
  3. Click Log In
  4. Re-enter your username and your password

If following these steps does not yield results, please email CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com. Please include your device model, operating system, the task you were attempting to perform and the date you saw the error message.

 
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